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    Senior Member garethzbarker's Avatar
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    Questions for S. Korean cyclist

    I'm living in S. Korea. This year I fell in love with biking. I bought a cheap Chinese hardtail to lose some weight and realized this is my sport
    Anyway I decided to graduate to a nicer bike once I hit my target weight but I have a lot of questions.

    -I'm interested in trying out a nice carbon road bike but I can't find any stores that stock anything over 500$ they'll let me touch. Where are some of the top bike dealers in S. Korea?
    -Has anyone ever seen the one Specialized dealer here in the country and if so how is their selection, prices, service? I'm interested in getting a carbon Specialized Roubaix if they feel as good as everyone says.
    -If I have to fly to another country to get a bike where should i look and what should I expect?
    -Where can I get a proper fit in Korea (none of the LBS even know what I mean!)?
    -A lot of the LBS owners tell me that sticking to a MTB for korean riding is best b/c the roads are substandard; they don't seem worse than the roads in America but do road bike owners have a lot of problems here?
    -Any other advice concerning buying a bike is most welcome.

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    littleal
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    Where are you located in Korea?
    If you are in north Seoul Maybe I can help you out.
    I'm in Dongducheon.
    Albert
    Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?

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    Senior Member garethzbarker's Avatar
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    I'm in Gimpo city about 30 km west of Seoul.

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    littleal
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    shoot me an email address or phone and I'll ask my LBS if they can find one for ya.
    They ordered me a Surly LHT from a shop in Kangnam and got me e good deal.
    They are pretty good folks and they do know what a proper bike fit is.
    My email is albertmounger at yahoo dot com.
    Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?

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    Senior Member garethzbarker's Avatar
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    here's a facebook group for bikers in Korea. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11799660100
    I ended up buying a bike in the states and shipping it here. was way cheaper.

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    ˇÁndale! ˇArriba!
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